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Not far from him, a national pizza chain store, untouched by looters, had also reopened.

Durban’s central business district was slowly returning to normal on Friday after resembling a ghost city in the wake of days of rampant looting and destruction.

Public transport, including taxis and buses, was back on the streets in numbers.

A vegetable hawker on Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street, who asked not to be named, was among the first to set up for business early in the morning. He said he was pleased to be back and was inundated with customers wanting to purchase his stock.

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Municipal refuse collection trucks were back to clean up the mess littering the streets.

“We hope the calm we see is a sign that normality will return soon because we have to feed our families.”

“As you can see, people are coming in thick and fast and it would appear my stock will be sold out today because many of my colleagues are not back yet.

A few businesses opened their doors for the first time this week.

“I am very happy I am back in business after a whole week at home without any income,” he told TimesLIVE.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded 258 deaths following a week of the rolling violence and looting.

A Ginger Bhangwandas clothing store is among those looted and set alight during deadly unrest in South Africa this month.

DURBAN – Three bodies were discovered at a Ginger Bhangwandas clothing store during clean-up operations in the Durban city centre on Friday.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told Parliament this week that the cost of stock theft and damage to infrastructure following the looting was estimated at over R45 billion.

The grim discovery came amid efforts to revive the local economy following the deadly civil unrest in July.

Government authorities in KwaZulu-Natal, which was the epicentre of the violence, have vowed to assist families who lost their loved ones during the unrest.

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